Steffen Freund comments on Tottenham Hotspur success, mentions Daniel Levy

The German has praised Mauricio Pochettino for getting the best out of his team.

Tottenham Hotspur were dumped out of the Europa League last night. Their 2-1 defeat to Borussia Dortmund at White Hart Lane last night ensured they exited the competition, losing 5-1 on aggregate.

One man who has played for both clubs is Steffen Freund. The German, who has also been on the coaching staff at White Hart Lane, was therefore speaking to the media this week - in the run up to the Europa League clash.

He spoke to Sport1 in Germany this weekend and he was clearly happy with the fact Spurs are still in contention for the Premier League. He credited Mauricio Pochettino for getting the work done, especially with chairman Daniel Levy running the finances:

"Yes, in recent years, the melody running a little behind. Daniel Levy, the president, is always associated with great circumspection.

"His goal is always that at the end of the year the (club) breaks even.

"That's not so easy because Tottenham is a stock company. He still tries to establish Tottenham at the top of the Premier League.

"This year it looks very good, which was not to be expected in view of the superiority of clubs such as Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal or Manchester United. These are financially far ahead of Tottenham.

"But my former club could close the gap this year with many young English internationals. In particular, I have to praise coach Mauricio Pochettino, who has made it this way."

Levy has always had a turbulent relationship with Spurs fans but his decision to replace Tim Sherwood with Mauricio Pochettino has proven dividends.

After the stagnation under Andre Villas-Boas he made a bold change in the direction of the club and with Pochettino at the helm a young and hungry Spurs side are on the hunt to make history.

If Spurs do pull off a league title win, Levy's influence must not be forgotten.

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